The People who died
I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.Woody Allen
In memoriam 2021: Famous people who died this year include actors Ed Asner, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Plummer, Olympia Dukakis, Michael K. Williams, Dustin Diamond, Charles Grodin, and Jessica Walter; Syracuse native and children’s author Eric Carle; Syracuse football legend Floyd Little; talk show hosts Larry King and Rush Limbaugh; rappers DMX, Biz Markie and Digital Underground’s Shock G; “Saturday Night Live” star Norm Macdonald; comedian Jackie Mason; British royal Prince Philip; former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith; baseball great Hank Aaron; and The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Bob Saget
Very sad decade List go’s on in to 2022
Here is a list of celebrity deaths in 2021:
Hank Aaron, 1934 - 2021: Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime home run king Granville Adams, 1963-2021: Actor, “Oz” Ed Asner, 1929-2021: Actor best known for his role as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
Lisa Banes, 1955 - 2021: Actress, “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl” Elgin Baylor, 1934 - 2021: Former NBA Rookie of the Year and Hall of Famer Ned Beatty, 1937 - 2021: Actor, played Lex Luthor’s sidekick in ‘Superman’ and Dan Conner’s father on ‘Roseanne’ Jay Black, 1938-2021: Jay and the Americans singer Black Rob, 1968-2021: Bad Boy rapper best known for “Whoa” Lionel Blair, 1928 - 2021: Actor, choreographer and tap dancer Frank Bonner, 1942 - 2021: Actor, best known for his role as Herb Tarlek on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ Bobby Bowden, 1929 - 2021: Florida State college football coach who won two national championships Manny Breland, 1934-2021: Syracuse basketball pioneer and longtime educator Leslie Bricusse, 1931-2021: Oscar-winning songwriter behind “Goldfinger” theme, “Candy Man” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” Eric Carle, 1929 - 2021: Syracuse native and author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’
Peter C. Cavanaugh, 1942-2021: Syracuse native and rock n’ roll radio legend John Chaney, 1932 - 2021: Longtime college basketball coach at Temple, basketball Hall of Famer Midwin Charles, 1974-2021: Syracuse alumna and legal analyst on MSNBC and CNN Sonny Chiba, 1939 - 2021: Actor and martial artist who appeared in “The Street Fighter” and “Kill Bill” Kevin Clark, 1989-2021: Child actor in “School of Rock” Beverly Cleary, 1916 - 2021: Author of ‘Ramona Quimby’ books Michael Collins, 1930 - 2021: Astronaut, piloted Apollo 11 command module around the moon Robert Congel, 1936-2021: Pyramid founder who built the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse Chick Corea, 1941 - 2021: Jazz musician who won more than two dozen Grammys Michael Constantine, 1927 - 2021: Actor, played Nia Vardalos’ father in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Johnny Crawford, 1946-2021: “The Mickey Mouse Club” original Mouseketeer Sarah Dash, 1945-2021: LaBelle member, singer who worked with Patti LaBelle and The Rolling Stones Stuart Damon, 1937-2021: Actor, “General Hospital” Lois De Banzie, 1930-2021: Actress, “Annie,” “Sister Act” Deezer D (Dearon Thompson), 1965-2021: Rapper and “ER” actor Dustin Diamond, 1977 - 2021: ‘Saved By the Bell’ actor who portrayed ‘Screech’
Actor Dustin Diamond attends “The Awesome 80’s Prom at Webster Hall on May 21, 2010 in New York City.
Joan Didion, 1934-2021: Author and peerless prose stylist DMX, 1970 - 2021: Grammy-nominated rapper and actor; real name Earl Simmons
Bob Dole, 1923 - 2021: Former longtime U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Richard Donner, 1930 - 2021: Director, ‘Superman’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ Anne Douglas, 1919 - 2021: Producer, wife of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas Suzzanne Douglas, 1957-2021: Actress, “The Parent Hood,” “When They See Us” Robert Downey Sr., 1936 - 2021: Actor, director; father of actor Robert Downey Jr. Drakeo the Ruler, 1993-2021: L.A. rapper Olympia Dukakis, 1931 - 2021: Actress, won Oscar for her role in ‘Moonstruck’
Lee Elder, 1934 - 2021: Pro golfer and first African American to play in the Masters Tournament Don Everly, 1937 - 2021:Singer in the Everly Brothers duo Bob Fass: Syracuse University alumnus and free-form radio pioneer Jim Fassel, 1950-2021: Former New York Giants football coach Pedro Feliciano, 1976-2021: NY Mets, Yankees pitcher Vicente Fernandez, 1940-2021: Grammy-winning Mexican singer Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939 - 2021: Part of the magical duo Siegfried and Roy
Illusionists Siegfried Fischbacher, left and Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn pose for photographers with a white tiger cub after they unveiled their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 23, 1994.
Ricarlo Flanagan, 1980-2021: Actor, comedian on “Insecure,” “Shameless,” “Last Comic Standing” Larry Flynt, 1942 - 2021: Hustler publisher; led legal battles related to free speech, adult content Heath Freeman, 1980-2021: Actor, “Bones” Mira Furlan, 1955-2021: Actress, “Lost,” “Babylon 5″ Willie Garson, 1964 - 2021: Actor, played Stanford on ‘Sex and the City’ Gift of Gab, 1971-2021: Blackalicious rapper Richard Gilliland, 1950-2021: “Designing Women” actor, husband of Jean Smart Nicholas Georgiade, 1933-2021: ‘The Untouchables’ actor and Syracuse University alumnus
The Untouchables, Nicholas Georgiade
“The Untouchables” TV series starred (clockwise, from top left) Nicholas “Nick” Georgiade, Paul Picerni, Robert Stack and Abel Fernandez. Georgiade, a Syracuse University alumnus, died Dec. 19, 2021.
Fuller Goldsmith, 2004-2021: “Chopped Junior” winner Arlene Golonka, 1936-2021: Actress, “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Mayberry RFD” Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant, 1935 - 2021: Two-time MLB All Star Nanci Griffith, 1953 - 2021: Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter Charles Grodin, 1935 - 2021: Actor in “Beethoven,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run”
Actor/comedian Charles Grodin, appears at a news conference announcing him as host of CNBC’s new primetime show “Charles Grodin” in New York on Nov. 15, 1994.
‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler, 1954 - 2021: Boxing champ for much of the ‘80s; inducted in boxing hall of fame Sarah Harding, 1981-2021: Girls Aloud singer Dusty Hill, 1949 - 2021: Bassist for the rock band ZZ Top
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill performs onstage.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill performs at the Oncenter’s Crouse Hinds Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.
Hal Holbrook, 1925 - 2021: Emmy- and Tony-winning actor, played Mark Twain in a long-running stage show. Robert Hogan, 1933 - 2021: Actor that appeared in 150 movies and TV shows Captain Mark Howard, 1956-2021: Star of of Bravo’s “Below Deck Mediterranean” Sally Ann Howes, 1930 - 2021: Actress, starred in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” with Dick Van Dyke Sam Huff, 1934-2021: New York Giants legend and Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Greg ‘Shock G’ Jacobs, 1963 - 2021: “The Humpty Dance” rapper with Digital Underground
Shock G, Greg Jacobs
In this Feb. 25, 2008, Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, leader for Digital Underground, performs The Humpty Dance during a halftime appearance in the Detroit Pistons’ NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver.
Anthony ‘A.J.’ Johnson, 1966-2021: Comedian, actor in “Friday” and “House Party” Chris Jones, 1948-2021: Syracuse-raised musician and brother of Grace Jones Joey Jordison, 1975 - 2021: Drummer and co-founder of Slipknot Irma Kalish, 1925-2021: Syracuse University alumna who wrote for some of TV’s biggest shows, including “Good Times,” “All in the Family,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “My Three Sons,” “Gilligan’s Island” Alan Kalter, 1943-2021: Longtime “The Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Kane (Peter Deibler), 1978-2021: Syracuse University alumnus, former Syracuse radio DJ and nationally syndicated host of “The Kane Show” Kangol Kid, 1966-2021: “Roxanne, Roxanne” rapper with hip-hop group UTFO Larry King, 1925 - 2021: Longtime radio and cable TV host
Larry King died on Jan. 23, 2021. King conducted thousands of interviews on his nightly TV talk show, “Larry King Live.” It aired from 1985 to 2010 on CNN.
Tommy Kirk, 1941-2021: Actor, “Old Yellow” and “The Shaggy Dog” Tawny Kitaen, 1965 - 2021: Actress and model famous for appearances in multiple rock music videos.
This May 28, 1998 shows Tawny Kitaen. Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos during they heyday of MTV, has died. She was 59. Authorities in Orange County, California say she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Yaphet Kotto, 1939 - 2021: TV and film actor who played the Bond villain in ‘Live and Let Die’ Dilip Kumar, 1922-2021: Bollywood actor Jeff LaBar, 1945-2021: Guitarist for glam metal band Cinderella Art LaFleur, 1943-2021: Actor, “The Sandlot” and “Field of Dreams”
Actor Art LaFleur appears as “the Babe” in the 1993 baseball movie “The Sandlot.”
John Langley, 1943 - 2021: Director, creator of the TV show ‘Cops’ Tommy LaSorda, 1927 - 2021: Longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers Cloris Leachman, 1926 - 2021: Oscar-winning actress with more than 280 film and TV credits, including the Syracuse-shot “Adult World”
Cloris Leachman attends the premiere of “The Comedian” during the 2016 AFI Fest on Nov. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. Leachman stars in the faith-based film “I Can Only Imagine” which has made over $22 million in just six days of release on a $7 million budget. Leachman, a character actor whose depth of talent brought her an Oscar for the “The Last Picture Show” and Emmys for her comedic work in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other TV series, has died. She was 94.
Gregg Leakes, 1955-2021: Husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes G. Gordon Liddy, 1930-2021: Watergate operative turned talk show host Rush Limbaugh, 1951 - 2021: Conservative political commentator and TV/radio host
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who died Feb. 17, 2021, in a Jan. 1, 2010 speaking during a news conference at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
In this Jan. 1, 2010, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
Floyd Little, 1942-2021: Syracuse football legend known as “The Franchise” with Denver Broncos
NFL great Floyd Little talks to players on the sideline before a Syracuse against Boston College in 2013.
Ernie Lively, 1947-2021: “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” actor, father of Blake Lively Norman Lloyd, 1914 - 2021: “St. Elsewhere” and “Dead Poets Society” actor William Lucking, 1941-2021: Actor, “Sons of Anarchy” Betty Lynn, 1926-2021: Actress, “The Andy Griffith Show” Norm MacDonald, 1959 - 2021: Comedian, former ‘SNL’ cast member and actor
Norm Macdonald appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2017. Macdonald, a comedian and former cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, after a nine-year battle with cancer that he kept private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles. He was 61.
Ray MacDonnell, 1928-2021: Actor, “All My Children” Gavin MacLeod, 1931 - 2021: Played Captain Stubing on ‘The Love Boat’ John Madden, 1936-2021: Legendary NFL coach for Super Bowl-winning Oakland Raiders, longtime football commentator Omar Malave, 1963-2021: Baseball player and Syracuse SkyChiefs manager Carlos Marin, 1968-2021: Il Divo singer Biz Markie, 1964 - 2021: “Just a Friend” rapper and actor
Biz Markie performs onstage during the EW & CNN “The Eighties” Trivia event at Breakroom 86 in The Line Hotel on March 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Gerry Marsden, 1942 - 2021: Lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers Jackie Mason, 1928 - 2021: Comedian, actor who appeared in films like ‘The Jerk’
Actor/comedian Jackie Mason stands beside a bus displaying a sign advertising his TV show, 1992. Mason, a rabbi-turned-jokester whose feisty brand of standup comedy got laughs from nightclubs in the Catskills to West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has died. He was 93. Mason died Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Manhattan, the celebrity lawyer Raoul Felder told The Associated Press.
Jason Matthews, 1951 - 2021: Author of the ‘Red Sparrow’ spy series Helen McCrory, 1968 - 2021: English actress, played Draco Malfoy’s mother in the ‘Harry Potter’ series Les McKeown, 1955-2021: Bay City Rollers singer Larry McMurtry, 1936-2021: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ writer Frank McRae, 1941-2021: Actor, “License to Kill” and “Last Action Hero” Eddie Mekka, 1952 - 2021: Actor best known for playing Carmine Ragusa on ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Art Metrano, 1936 - 2021: Actor best known as Mauser in the ‘Police Academy’ movies Roger Michell, 1956 - 2021: Director, ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ Mike Mitchell, 1955-2021: Actor, “Gladiator” and “Braveheart” Paddy Moloney, 1938-2021: Irish folk musician with The Chieftains Walter Mondale, 1928 - 2021: Former vice president under Jimmy Carter Paul Mooney, 1941 - 2021: Comedian, also wrote for Richard Pryor and TV shows like ‘Sanford & Son’ and ‘In Living Color’ Trevor Moore, 1980 - 2021: Comedian, actor, co-founder of comedy troupe the Whitest Kids ‘U Know (WKUK) Joey Morgan, 1993-2021: “Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” actor Roger Mudd, 1928 - 2021: Longtime network TV news correspondent Michael Nader, 1945-2021: Actor, “Dynasty” and “All My Children” Dick Nagy, 1943-2021: Syracuse native and long-time assistant basketball coach at Illinois Michael Nesmith, 1942 - 2021: Member of The Monkees
Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz
This July 6, 1967 shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.
Gavan O’Herlihy, 1950-2021: Actor, “Happy Days” Paul Orndorff, 1949-2021: WWE legend Mr. Wonderful, one of Hulk Hogan’s biggest foes Bill Owens, 1935 - 2021: Songwriter, uncle of Dolly Parton and early collaborator Candy Palmater, 1968-2021: Comedian, actress, “The Candy Show” and “Trailer Park Boys” John Paragon, 1954-2021: Actor who played Jambi on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’
“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” actor John Paragon played Jambi on the children’s TV show from 1986 to 1990.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, 1936-2021: Grammy-winning dub musician who worked with Bob Marley, Beastie Boys and The Clash. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921 - 2021: Husband of Queen Elizabeth II and father to Prince Charles
The Duke Of Edinburgh Attends The Captain General’s Parade
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 2: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh raises his hat in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, makes his final individual public engagement as he attends a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017 in London, England.
Jay Jay Phillips, 1991-2021: Rock singer who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” Jay Pickett, 1961 - 2021: Soap opera actor, “Port Charles,” “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital” Christopher Plummer, 1929 - 2021: Actor, 200-plus roles included Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’
Christopher Plummer poses for a portrait on July 25, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer died Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2021, at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager..
Ron Popeil, 1935 - 2021: Inventor and TV pitchman for Mr. Microphone and Veg-O-Matic Markie Post, 1950 - 2021: Actress, played Christine Sullivan on ‘Night Court’ Colin Powell, 1937 - 2021: Former chairman of the joint chiefs and secretary of state
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters Friday, Sept. 26, 2003. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. He was 84.
Jane Powell, 1929 - 2021: Actress, singer in golden age of Hollywood; appeared in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ Lloyd Price, 1933 - 2021: “Personality” singer; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Marion Ramsey, 1947-2021: Actress best known as Hooks in “Police Academy” movies Harry Reid, 1939-2021: Former Senate majority leader and Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress John Reilly, 1934 - 2021: “General Hospital” actor Anne Rice, 1941 - 2021: Author, ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘Queen of the Damned’ Paul Ritter, 1966-2021: Actor, “Harry Potter” and “Quantum of Solace” Tanya Roberts, 1955 - 2021: Former Bond girl (‘A View to a Kill’) who also appeared on ‘That ‘70s Show’ as Midge Pinciotti Charlie Robinson, 1945 - 2021: Actor, best known as Mac, the court clerk on ‘Night Court’
Actor Charlie Robinson, best known as Mac on “Night Court,” arrives at the 2006 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards at the Orpheum Theatre November 13, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Mick Rock, 1948-2021: Rock and roll photographer who shot Queen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, David Bowie, more Joanne Rogers, 1928 - 2021: Former concert pianist and wife of TV’s Mr. Rogers Donald Rumsfeld, 1932 - 2021: Former secretary of defense under presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush Mort Sahl, 1927 - 2021: Actor, comedian known for his social and political satire Marty Schottenheimer, 1943-2021: NFL coach with 200 wins, known for “Martyball” George Schultz, 1920 - 2021: Longtime economist and diplomat who served on the cabinet of multiple presidents including Ronald Regan Peter Scolari, 1955-2021: “Bosom Buddies” and “Newhart” actor Willard Scott, 1934 - 2021: Longtime “Today” show weatherman and TV personality
In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, former “Today” show weatherman Willard Scott attends the “Today” show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom in New York. Scott, the beloved weatherman who charmed viewers of NBC’s “Today” show with his self-deprecating humor and cheerful personality, has died at age 78. Al Roker, his successor on the morning news show, announced that Scott died peacefully Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 2021, surrounded by family.
George Segal, 1934 - 2021: Oscar-nominated actor, “The Goldbergs” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Actor George Segal arrives at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, Calif.
Barbara Shelley, 1932 - 2021: Actress who appeared in many early horror films of the ‘50s and ‘60s Joanne Shenandoah, 1957-2021: Grammy-winning Oneida singer and activist
Joanne Shenandoah shares a laugh with a fellow musician at the Historic Canandaigua Treaty Celebration in Canandaigua, Nov.11, 2016. Michael Greenlar
Gregory Sierra, 1937 - 2021: Actor best known for his roles on ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ Felix Silla, 1937-2021: Cousin Itt actor on “The Addams Family” Cliff Simon, 1962-2021: ‘Stargate SG-1′ actor Joseph Siravo, 1957-2021: “Jersey Boys” and “The Sopranos” actor William Smith, 1933-2021: Actor, “Any Which Way You Can,” “Red Dawn,” “Conan the Barbarian” Johnny Solinger, 1965 - 2021: Former lead singer of Skid Row Stephen Sondheim, 1930 - 2021: Broadway composer, lyricist for “Into the Woods,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” SOPHIE (Sophie Xeon), 1986-2021: Grammy-nominated producer and music artist Phil Spector, 1939-2021: Music producer convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson Mike Spengler, 1952-2021: Syracuse University alumnus who played trumpet for Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross and the Asbury Jukes Leon Spinks, 1953 - 2021: Former heavyweight boxing champ who once defeated Muhammad Ali
Leon Spinks, right, connects with a right hook to Muhammad Ali
In this Feb. 15, 1978, Leon Spinks, right, connects with a right hook to Muhammad Ali, during the late rounds of their championship fight in Las Vegas. Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. died Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021, after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67.
Dorothy Steel, 1926-2021: Actress, “Black Panther” Robby Steinhardt, 1950 - 2021: Singer, former Kansas frontman Jim Steinman, 1947 - 2021: Producer, lyricist for artists like Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion Dean Stockwell, 1936 - 2021: Actor, best known for his role as Al on ‘Quantum Leap’ Una Stubbs, 1937-2021: “Sherlock” actress Don Sutton, 1945 - 2021: Hall of Fame pitcher who won more than 300 games over the course of his MLB career Sylvain Sylvain, 1951-2021: Punk guitarist in New York Dolls Quindon Tarver, 1982-2021: “Romeo + Juliet” singer who performed Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rozalla’s “Everybody Free” BJ Thomas, 1942 - 2021: Singer, best known for hits ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ Demaryius Thomas, 1987 - 2021: Former NFL all-pro wide receiver who played most of his career in Denver, winning a Super Bowl ring Dennis Thomas, 1951 - 2021: Kool & the Gang co-founder, funk singer Houston Tumlin, 1992-2021: Child actor who played Will Ferrell’s son in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1931 - 2021: Nobel Peace Prize winner, equality and human rights activist from South Africa James Michael Tyler, 1962-2021: Actor, best known for playing Gunther on “Friends”
American actor James Michael Tyler, best known for his role as Gunther on the NBC sitcom FRIENDS which will soon be available on Blu-Ray, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 in New York.
Tyson, 1924 - 2021: Oscar-nominated actress, “The Help,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” Al Unser, 1939 - 2021: Pro racecar driver who is tied for the record with four Indianapolis 500 wins Bobby Unser, 1934 - 2021: Part of racing’s Unser family and former Indy 500 winner Jean-Marc Vallée, 1963 - 2021: Director, ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Wild’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Hilton Valentine, 1943-2021: The Animals founding guitarist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Melvin Van Peebles, 1932 - 2021: Director, actor, Black cinema pioneer; father of actor Mario Van Peebles Chick Vennera, 1947-2021: Actor, “The Golden Girls,” “Thank God It’s Friday” Alma Wahlberg, 1943-2021: “Wahlburgers” star; mother of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg Bunny Wailer, 1947 - 2021: Founding member of The Wailers and collaborator of Bob Marley Carla Wallenda, 1936-2021: The Flying Wallendas member, last surviving child of the famed troupe’s founder Jessica Walter, 1941 - 2021: Actress, best known for her role as Lucille on ‘Arrested Development’
In this May 17, 2018, Jessica Walter attends the LA Premiere of “Arrested Development” Season Five in Los Angeles. Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in television series, has died. She was 80. Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman. The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell
Romy Walthall, 1963-2021: Actress, “Face/Off” Reggie Warren, 1968-2021: Troop singer Charlie Watts, 1941 - 2021: The Rolling Stones drummer
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80.
Jim Weatherly, 1943 - 2021: Country singer-songwriter known for hits like ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ Sarah Weddington, 1945 - 2021: Successfully argued Roe V. Wade before the Supreme Court Paul Westphal, 1950 - 2021: Basketball Hall of Fame member, player, coach Betty White, 1922-2021: The legendary Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland” star died less than three weeks before her 100th birthday Dave White, 1950-2021: Former WSYR radio host, Syracuse TV reporter who hosted “Wired Woodshed” Rhonda Stubbins White, 1960-2021: Actress, “Days of Our Lives,” “The West Wing” Clarence Williams, 1929 - 2021: Actor best known for his ‘Mod Squad’ role as Linc Hayes Michael K. Williams, 1966 - 2021: Actor, best known for his HBO roles in ‘The Wire’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Michael K. Williams
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Michael K. Williams attends the Fashion Week amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Williams, who played the beloved character Omar Little on “The Wire,” has died. New York City police say Williams was found dead Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at his apartment in Brooklyn. He was 54.
Mary Wilson, 1944 - 2021: The Supremes singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jane Withers, 1926 - 2021: Actress who appeared in commercials, originated Josephine the Plumber Rod Wood, 1940-2021: Longtime Syracuse TV news anchor
Syracuse television anchor Rod Wood is pictured in a NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV video still.
Samuel E. Wright, 1946 - 2021: Actor, singer, voice of Sebastian in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and the original Mufasa in Broadway’s “The Lion King” Yolanda Wright, 1926-2021: Longtime Post-Standard restaurant critic, food writer and traveler, Mark York, 1965 - 2021: TV actor best known for his role as Billy Merchant on ‘The Office’ Young Dolph, 1985-2021: Rapper whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.
List is still growing famously harsh good-bye R.I.P